Summer concerts are going to be here faster than you think. To kick off the summer right Budweiser is hooking you up with a chance to win tickets for a free concert in NYC. Jay Z’s Made in America music festival is making its debut in New York City: at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. On Sunday, June 21, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul and nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige will return to her hometown for a one-time free concert event as a prelude to this year’s epic Budweiser Made in America festival. Fans can enter to win tickets at Budweiser.com/BMIAStatueofLiberty.
This music moment comes as a result of Budweiser’s historic partnership with The National Parks Foundation to bring bigger, better experiences to fans as America’s macro-beer. The event also encourages a younger demographic to become the next generation of national parks enthusiasts through the Find Your Park movement.
This year, America’s King of Beers will be delivering a series of unparalleled fan experiences during its expansion of the successful festival, curated by music legend Jay Z.
Love racing? Check! Love Ford? Check! Here is some fantastic news for those who answered yes to both questions. Ford announced that they are returning to one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world with its new Ford GT race car, based on the all-new ultra-high-performance supercar that goes on sale next year.
The Ford GT race car will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – referred to by many as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency – starting next year. Revealed today at the famous circuit in Le Mans, France, Ford GT will compete in the Le Mans GT Endurance class for professional teams and drivers (LM GTE Pro).
The new race car – a further proof point of Ford innovation – is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar unveiled in January. Both the production car and race car will arrive in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford went on to repeat its victory at Le Mans in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
Batman is back! On June 23rd you will get your chance to defend the street of Gotham as the new Batman game “Arkham Knight” arrives online and in stores. Yet other people have already played the game! Wiz Khalifa, Neil Patrick Harris, Minka Kelly and many other celebs got to check out the game.
“Batman: Arkham Knight” from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios partnered with SNL’s Taran Killam to direct the video and host celeb gamers and fans of the franchise for their first hands-on with the title.
Celebs who got a chance to play the game were, Wiz Khalifa, Blake Anderson, Neil Patrick Harris, Minka Kelly, Kumail Nanjiani, Breckin Meyer, Joe Manganiello, Troy Baker (voice of Two-Face) and Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman).
“Batman: Arkham Knight” is the finale to the Arkham series where Batman face the ultimate threat against the city he has sworn to protect. The title will be available on June 23, 2015 exclusively for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.
1. That it even exists at all
As recently as 2014 Lexus had a total of zero offerings in the “Luxury Compact SUV” class. The closest it came was the RX, an extremely comfortable and capable car that sorely lacked in the performance category. No more.
2. Looks. This cah looks wicked shahhp
The NX looks like an RX that just finished cross fit boot camp. (I know, I know, the first rule of cross fit is you
NEVER ALWAYS talk about cross fit) The NX has pinched lines, sharp flares and a very athletic stance. It’s not quite the head turner of say, the new Porsche Macan, but it’s damn close.
The 2.0L 235HP Turbo Engine gives the NX a certain punch on the road that it’s bigger siblings lack. You won’t win many races off the line but when it comes time to pass a semi you’ll find the NX is up to the task.
4. Did you say TURBO?!
Finally a turbo engine in a luxury sports model. I’m a fan.
Performance by it’s very nature means a stiffer ride. Part of the charm of a responsive car is feeling every bump and line in the pavement. The NX manages to mix luxury and sport quite nicely, the stiff body really lengthens out against the road at speed. The well constructed interior is free of rattles and noise. Little body roll in the turns and just enough road feedback to keep the driver connected.
6. The 10 Way Power Seat
Speaking of comfort, there’s that whole chair you’re sitting in thing. In what remains one of my favorite features of most new luxury cars, the seat automatically moves to your preset standards of perfection. You slide forward while the steering wheel telescopes into your waiting hands. It’s a truly personal touch, one that gives you ownership of the car from your first moments behind the wheel.
7. Electrochromic Rear and Side View Mirrors
Say it with me… Electro-Chrome-ick. Fancy way of saying Auto Dimming. You know how when you’re on the road at night and one of those gaudy new cars comes up behind and nearly blinds you? Not in the NX. The mirrors automatically dim your pursuer’s floodlights to a level that will leave your retinas unscarred.
8. Cornering LED Headlights
No more leaps of faith as you travel a dark and winding road. The headlights on the NX turn into the road with your eyes. They could also illuminate a high school football game. Yea, I’m totally a part of the problem here. On one hand I curse the masses with their search light caliber headlights, on the other hand I say to my wife, “Look at how BRIGHT THE ROAD IS HONEY!” There’s a metaphor for modern society in here somewhere. I’ll leave it to you.
9.F SPORT TRIM LEVEL
Sorry for shouting. Thing is, these Lexus’ (Lexus’s? Lexi?) that I test drive are almost all the F Sport trim level. That means a veritable paragraph of features that aren’t available on the base model. Features like cornering headlights, 18” sport wheels and Drive Mode Select. If you’re one of the few and proud to read every car review I’ve ever written (hi Mom!) you’ll remember Drive Mode Select. While the NX lacks the S+ mode that its more nimble cousins have, the S mode on the dial definitely creates a different driving experience. The gears stretch longer, the engine revs louder and the car takes off just a little bit faster on command. Drive Mode Select lets you choose between the smooth and safe fuel economy of ECO, the traditional stability of Normal or the “Get me the heck out of here” oomph of Sport mode.
Lexus continues to embrace technological advancements in the NX. Standard back up camera and Infotainment system meet optional features like “Qi- Compatible” Wireless Charger in stride and help to create a largely intuitive and nearly seamless integration of modern technology into your drive.
Loaded with airbags and crumple zones, the best safety features are the ones that keep you out of an accident in the first place. Blind spot monitoring and Rear cross Traffic Alert join forces to keep you more aware of your surroundings than the naked eye ever could.
12. Intuitive Parking Assist
I don’t wrestle any bears and have never wielded an axe in battle but in todays urban battlefield, skills like parallel parking hold as much value as medieval warfare did in its time. The Intuitive Park Assist feature helps anyone become the William Wallace of parallel parking. Not that I needed it, I’m a tough guy. It was nice though, I could get used to it. Hey I’d like to see Mr. Wallace street park at Venice Beach on a holiday weekend.
13. Paddle Shifters
Paddle shifters get better every year. I use them constantly on the road to regulate my speed without moving my feet. These shifters changed gears seamlessly and instantly, reducing speed and increasing RPM’s with the flick of your hand.
Price? Am I about to say “only” about an extravagant sum of money? No! Ok, Maybe! You can buy a brand spanking new reasonably equipped Lexus NXt for $34k. Not bad at all if you consider what it stacks up against. Only the Acura RDX starts lower priced amongst it’s peers. A recent ranking by US News and World Report had the NX ranked at #2 in the class overall. The 1st place finisher starts at $50k. A fully maxed NX comes in shy of that by almost seven thousand dollars at $43k. Good value for the luxury segment.
Lexus must have heard the chorus of well fed writers quibbling about it’s standard infotainment system and Enform App Suite. I was one of them. The Remote Touch controller is still far from perfect but it’s certainly better than last year’s model. The ergonomic wrist support is a nice touch, the intuition of the mouse tracker is vastly improved and the entire interface is more useful and pleasant to interact with. Year to year improvement on a software and hardware level? I’ll take it.
On Monday, June 15 at 9/8c, the day before the release of his first solo album (6/16 on Fueled by Ramen), Fuse will air an in-depth interview with fun. frontman, Nate Ruess: Uncovered. Showcasing Ruess’ body of work – from his success with fun. to the launch of his solo career – Uncovered offers viewers a unique look into Ruess’ world through exclusive interviews and music videos.
Nate Ruess made a name for himself as the lead singer for the band fun. With hits such as “Some Nights” and “We Are Young,” the guys were a huge success. So why would Ruess want to go out on his own?
In an interview on Fuse TV Nate says, “I really needed some time off,” who had been touring with fun. With that time off, Ruess started writing, and those songs became more personal than anything he had ever written. Falling in love was very important to Ruess when he began writing the album, Grand Romantic, which hits stores on June 16.
As you probably have guessed by now I am a sneakerhead. My first choice of kicks is from the Air Jordan line. I love these sneakers all the way back when I was a kid. Jordan Brand just announced some fantastic shoes that will be coming out next year. I can’t wait especially for the Air Jordan V’s.
Throughout his career, Michael Jordan consistently elevated his game to extraordinary heights, achieving feats that include recording eight steals in the first half against Boston in 1988, scoring 69 points in a single playoff game, and ultimately retiring with the league’s highest scoring average of 30.1 points per game. For spring 2016, Jordan Brand celebrates its namesake’s career highs by introducing three legacy shoe collections that pay homage to these soaring moments of greatness.
Inspired by two iconic images of Jordan, the “Poster” Collection features the Air Jordan II and Air Jordan XII.
The Air Jordan II “Wing It” pays tribute to the brand’s ad campaign that coincided with the shoe’s original release in 1986. White, black and dark gray, the AJ II “Wing It” includes wings on the shoe’s heels that capture the spirit of Jordan’s effortless game above the rim.
In celebration of the shoe’s 20th anniversary, this Air Jordan XII pulls inspiration from the iconic “The Master” poster. A black base grounds the shoe, while hints of white and gold play off the poster’s radiant lines.
30 years ago, Michael Jordan shocked the world by unveiling exclusive colored-up performance footwear on the hardwood. His bold, instantly recognizable shoes sparked a worldwide craze. Presently known as player exclusives, these unique on-court color ways are highly prized by athletes and collectors alike.
As a celebration of the Air Jordan Franchise’s 30th Anniversary, the brand unveils three retro silhouettes that stem from this phenomenon and posit what Jordan’s player exclusive footwear would look like. The Air Jordan II, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan V Low incorporate colors consistent with the Chicago-based team Jordan played for during his early years in the league.
The Dunk from Above Collection
Inspired by Michael Jordan’s relentless ability to take flight, the “Dunk From Above” shoe collection incorporates colorways and materials that support the seasonal theme of soar.
The Air Jordan 1 Nouveau, the first shoe in the Jordan Brand franchise to include the Wings logo, features a classic flat leather finish and a color shifting Nike Swoosh inspired by aviator goggles.
The Air Jordan IV, which introduced the word ‘Flight’ onto a basketball shoe, features an inner label with a midnight navy and metallic gold design.
With a similar color theme featuring metallic gold accents and ice outsole, the Air Jordan V Low nods to the idea of flight by taking design cues from a World-war II fighter plane.
Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 and Jordan.com for the latest updates on Jordan Brand products.
Recently news came out from “Rolling Stone” magazine that Ice Cube perform some N.W.A songs with MC Ren and DJ Yella at a Los Angeles concert. “It’s just gonna be a great night,” Ice Cube tells Rolling Stone of his BET Experience gig at the Staples Center on June 27th. “We’re gonna be there with Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights.’ And we’re gonna rock that shit, no problem.”
This concert will fit in nicely with the film “Straight Outta Compton” that chronicles the start of N.W.A. Ice Cube worked on this film with Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright. The film comes out August 14th.
“I’m gonna bring out some of the old favorites,” Cube says of the concert, declining to name which specific songs he’ll perform. “We’re gonna bring back some memories up in there for sure.”
For those who live in L.A. you might want to purchase tickets to the BET Experience at L.A. Live soon. I am guessing that these will sell out soon. The concert will be on June 25th and the 28th. Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Bell Biv Devoe, the Roots and others are all slated to perform.
It was only a matter of time when us amateur golfers could play a round with Michael Jordan. Well maybe not the man himself, but at least you can play in his golf cleats.
Since retiring from basketball, Jordan has fueled his competitive drive on the golf course, inspiring Jordan Brand designers to create this new performance silhouette. The limited-edition offering combines one of Jordan Brand’s premium training styles, the Jordan Flight Runner 2, with Nike Golf’s innovative Nike Free-inspired tooling.
“The Jordan Flight Runner Golf is the perfect combination of Jordan and Nike innovation coupled with Michael’s love for the game of golf,” said Larry Miller, President, Jordan Brand. “This is the same formula that helped us create some of the most iconic shoes over the past thirty years and we are excited to bring Jordan Brand energy to the golf course.”
The Jordan Flight Runner Golf combines mesh and synthetic materials in the upper for lightweight support and breathability, while the shoe’s dynamic Nike Flywire provides the ultimate lockdown fit. The midsole contains a forefoot moderation plate that stabilizes the foot when twisting and the lightweight injected unit delivers maximized comfort on the course. The outsole’s TRI-LOK soft spikes and Free-inspired construction provide a flexible and supportive ride.
The Jordan Flight Runner Golf will be available on June 18th, exclusively on Jordan.com, for a suggested retail price of $200. Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 in the coming months for golf shoe updates.
Dinosaurs were seen at London’s Waterloo Station. Well not really, but there was a fantastic prank done by the people promoting “Jurassic World.” There was a crate made to hold “predatory livestock” for Jurassic World’s fictional InGen Technologies.
With the film’s opening weekend just a week away, Universal Pictures is clearly stepping up its game with some sick advertising. They even teamed up with Dairy Queen to create a Jurassic Smash Blizzard.
People were making Universal Pictures happy by flooding social media with pictures of the cargo crate! Well done guys! I can’t wait to see this film!
Maybe here in the states we will see our own InGen transports and equipment. One can only hope!
In sports there are certain moments or plays that become iconic. There can be that one picture that as soon as your eyes see it you travel back in time to that moment. Whether it is Michael Jordan soaring from the free throw line or Carlton Fisk using body language to will a home run, we as sports fans live for moments like those.
One of these images that captures that essence is when Brandi Chastain kicked a game winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup. After scoring the fifth kick in the penalty shootout to give the United States the win over China in the final game, she took over her jersey and fell to the ground in jubilation. That moment will forever remain in the hearts of USA soccer fans.
I had the great pleasure of chatting with Brandi about the U.S. Women’s National Team playing their first game against Australia on June 8. We also talk about her work with Capital One to promote the Capital One Cup. This campaign celebrates both men and women student athletes. For the past few years the Capital One Cup has rewarded the best Division I programs for their cumulative athletic performances across 39 men’s and women’s sports.
Brandi Chastain led the Santa Clara University Broncos to two NCAA Division I soccer quarterfinal appearances before becoming one of the brightest stars of the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Brandi is currently the volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater.
Click here to listen to my interview with Brandi. For more information on the Capital One Cup go to www.capitalonecup.com. Follow Brandi on Twitter @brandichastain.